99 years ago this week, Southend Wheelers came in to being. An advert placed by Arthur Holmes (10 May 1923), in the Southend Standard invited cyclists in Southend to join a club run to Epping Forest, although on the day, after meeting up in a café off Southend High Street, they ended up only cycling to Hockley Woods.
99 years on and club runs still play an important part in the Wheelers today, with rides most Sundays, starting from Canewdon Village Hall.
If you, your parents, or even your grandparents were past members of our club, then we would love to hear from you as we prepare for our Centenary next year. Help us to celebrate, by sharing a few photos of when you, or your family were in the club. We would love to see them.
Pictured: The first club photo of the Wheelers; Group photo outside the Esplanade pub, and Southend Seafront (circa 1924); Eric Carter and George Greenwood who were both founding members, with George Greenwood opening our 75th Anniversary Celebrations and exhibition at Southend Central library.
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